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Vikings Activate 6 Players Ahead of Week 17 Game at Packers

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Saturday activated a total of six players during roster moves ahead of facing the Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 17.

Minnesota activated Olisaemeka Udoh from Reserve/COVID-19.

Udoh has played in 15 games and made 14 starts this season. He opened the first 11 at right guard before kicking out to left tackle to fill in when an injury kept rookie Christian Darrisaw out of games at Detroit and against Pittsburgh.

When Darrisaw returned at Chicago, the Vikings opted to start Mason Cole at right guard. Cole was injured and placed on Injured Reserve, so the Udoh returned to the starting lineup last week against the Rams.

He was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list the day after the game but was cleared to return Saturday.

Minnesota also announced the activations of defensive end Kenny Willekes, safety Myles Dorn and cornerback Tye Smith from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements and defensive tackle T.Y. McGill and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough as standard elevations.

Willekes has played in four games so far, most recently against Pittsburgh when he was on the field for 31 defensive snaps. He has 10 tackles, four quarterback hits and 0.5 sacks.

Dorn has appeared in six games, and Smith has played in three games. Their playing time has been exclusively on special teams for Minnesota this season.

McGill could be poised for his Vikings debut. He has 44 career games to his credit, including seven with Philadelphia in 2020.

Yarbrough logged playing time for Minnesota in Weeks 10-12.

Minnesota had listed cornerback Cameron Dantzler (calf) as doubtful on Friday in its final injury report of the week. Tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring), defensive tackle Michael Pierce (illness) and linebacker Chazz Surratt (illness) were listed as questionable.